Acoustoelectronic nanotweezers enable dynamic and large-scale control of nanomaterials.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The ability to precisely manipulate nano-objects on a large scale can enable the fabrication of materials and devices with tunable optical, electromagnetic, and mechanical properties. However, the dynamic, parallel manipulation of nanoscale colloids and materials remains a significant challenge. Here, we demonstrate acoustoelectronic nanotweezers, which combine the precision and robustness afforded by electronic tweezers with versatility and large-field dynamic control granted by acoustic tweezing techniques, to enable the massively parallel manipulation of sub-100 nm objects with excellent versatility and controllability. Using this approach, we demonstrated the complex patterning of various nanoparticles (e.g., DNAs, exosomes, ~3 nm graphene flakes, ~6 nm quantum dots, ~3.5 nm proteins, and ~1.4 nm dextran), fabricated macroscopic materials with nano-textures, and performed high-resolution, single nanoparticle manipulation. Various nanomanipulation functions, including transportation, concentration, orientation, pattern-overlaying, and sorting, have also been achieved using a simple device configuration. Altogether, acoustoelectronic nanotweezers overcome existing limitations in nano-manipulation and hold great potential for a variety of applications in the fields of electronics, optics, condensed matter physics, metamaterials, and biomedicine.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhang, P; Rufo, J; Chen, C; Xia, J; Tian, Z; Zhang, L; Hao, N; Zhong, Z; Gu, Y; Chakrabarty, K; Huang, TJ

Published Date

  • June 22, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 3844 -

PubMed ID

  • 34158489

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8219664

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2041-1723

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2041-1723

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41467-021-24101-z


  • eng